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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  April 3, 2012 5:30am-6:00am EDT

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good morning. i'm willie geist. this is "way too early." the show that's had all of its national titles vacated. i'm glad you're up with us this morning on msnbc or listening on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail at way too early@msnbc.com or text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this tuesday, april the 3rd. a lot going on today, including a resignation at the top of the agency that manages real estate for the federal government. this after taxpayers got the tab for a wild vegas get-together that included a clown, a $3200 mind reader and a $75,000 tab for a team building exercise to construct a bicycle. plus, i don't know what's happening here with a tow truck and a tractor trailer on an icy
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road but it's remarkable. we will explain these pictures and see how everybody is doing a little bit later in the show. before we get to the news, we get to the national champs. the kentucky wildcats last night won their eighth ncaa national basketball title beating kansas in new orleans with a roster stacked with guys who will be in the nba three months from now. kentucky dominated from the opening tip-off. anthony davis, the national player of the year and the guy who will be the number one pick in the draft was overwhelming on defense blocking six shots, grabbing 16 rebounds and leading his team in steals and assists. kansas was down by as many as 18 points in the first half, but they did come back a bit in the second. eventually shaving the lead to five points in the final 1:30 but they just could not get over the hump as kentucky won, 67-59. coach john calipari wins his first national title. full highlights ahead in sports. now to the news. live at 5:30 a.m., here at 30
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rock in new york city. we're just 2 1/2 hours away from opening votes in wisconsin today. one of three primaries that could go a long way in determining the next republican nominee. if the races play out, mitt romney has an opportunity to sweep all three contests putting rick santorum's back to the wall. santorum, though, sees it differently arguing an extended fight all the way to the convention actually will help republicans in the fall. >> i think it would be an energizing thing for our party to have, you know, a candidate emerge who is a -- who isn't the blessed candidate of the republican establishment. i think that's a good thing. it's a good narrative for us. it makes this election a short election. the shorter this election in the fall, the better off we are. not the worst. >> today's other primaries, maryland, washington, d.c., likely mark the beginning of what will be a tough month for senator santorum. it moves to less conservative
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territory. that makes wisconsin all the more important for santorum who is up with a new ad attacking two rivals at the same time. >> what if i told you this man's big government mandate in health care included $50 abortions and killed thousands of jobs. would you ever vote for him? what if i told you he supported radical environmental job-killing cap and trade. and dramatically raised taxes and stuck taxpayers with a $1 billion shortfall. one more thing. what if i told you the man i'm talking about isn't him. it's him. >> that's an ad paid for by santorum for president as the race pushes forward. mitt romney's wife ann is becoming a leading voice in the campaign. yesterday she responded to criticism surrounding some of the candidates' more awkward moments on the trail. >> sometimes he appears stiff. do you have to fight back some -- like my husband isn't stiff, okay? >> well, you know, i guess we
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better unzip him and let the real mitt romney out because he is not. it is so funny to me that that is the perception out there because he is funny. he's engaging. he's witty. he's always playing jokes. he is -- when i met him when i was a teenager he was the life of the party. >> unzip him and let the real mitt romney come out. in another sign that republicans are rallying around romney as the nominee, the "wall street journal" is reporting that the front-runner will begin raising money with the republican national committee this week. joining us now, the chief white house correspondent for politico, mr. mike allen. he's the co-author of a new ebook on the republican presidential race called "inside the circus." mike allen, good talking to you this morning. >> likewise. thanks, willie. >> let's talk first about wisconsin. any chance rick santorum comes back to win this or do we believe the polls that say romney could win by six, seven, eight points? >> there certainly are no signs of it. the signs are this is going to be a short night. that nbc poll showing romney up
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seven points. the romney war room thinks it could be more than that. could be double digits. ten points. maryland, d.c., also likely to be big romney wins. in part because that's another area where santorum failed to get on the ballot. so the romney folks think that this might be the night that the press finally says the general has begun. you mentioned the joint fund raising between the party and romney. that's the party officially saying it's time to move on and yesterday the obama campaign released its first commercial that attacks romney by name. so it's on both sides saying the general election is going on.
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increasingly, gingrich and santorum risk being portrayed as dead-enders who are helping obama by dragging their heels. >> even newt gingrich has pulled back a little bit in his campaign, scaling down his
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staff. one not ready to move on is rick santorum. at what point do you think he'll be compelled to get out of the race. we'll see how he does in his home state on april 24th. and then feels like the month of may will be good to him as more southern states come into play. at what point do you see him pull out? >> may might as well be 2034 for the momentum gap there's going to be for him in this long stretch of april when romney has so much juice. there's a theory this isn't reporting could happen that rick santorum may relook at this and say i don't want to be embarrassed in my home state. that's not the way i want to go out. so a scenario for santorum getting out sooner is for him to say, if he sees a big loss coming in pennsylvania and the polls have showed it is very tight when he should be way up, he may say i'm going to pull out before that and end it on a higher note rather than get
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humiliated at home. >> he may re-evaluate in about 12 hours from just remind conse commentator s that for years wht we've heard the biggest problem on the bench is judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint. that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. well, there's a good example and i'm pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step. >> ultimately, i'm confident that the supreme court will not take what would be an unprecedented extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected congress. >> the editorial board at "the wall street journal" took issue with the president's suggestion that the court should not overturn anything passed by congress. the editorial reads, mr. obama's remarks suggests he's joining others on the left in warning the justices they'll pay a political price if they dare to overturn even part of the law. as he runs for re-election, mr.
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obama's inner community organizer seems to be winning out over the law professor. lest you think it's just "the wall street journal" taking issue, "the washington post" also criticizing the president this morning saying, quote, we want our justices unelected. we want them to have the final constitutional say. also in washington, some new outrage this morning over government spending. this time as a federal agency set up to help taxpayers save money. instead, nearly a million dollars was spent on a ritzy convention in vegas. the price tag covered things like fine dining, commemorative coins and a rented clown for entertainment. nbc's senior investigative correspondent lisa myers reports. >> reporter: as the commercials say, what happens in vegas, stays in vegas. that is, unless you work for the general services administration. a report out found that a gsa training conference in october 2010 at this ritzy resort in vegas which has its own casino and spa cost a staggering
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$823,000 taxpayer dollars or almost $2750 per person for a four-day conference. that included $3200 for a mind-reader. more than $6300 for commemorative coins and $75,000 for a team-building exerstis construct a bicycle. >> you put it also in the context of how the economy was doing and it just boggles the mind to think that anyone thought this was an appropriate use of taxpayers dollars. >> reporter: the report criticized excessive, wasteful and sometimes impermissible costs, including $44 per person breakfasts and a $95 a person reception and dinner. what makes this all even worse is that the gsa is the agency which is supposed to make the government more efficient. it builds the buildings, buys the supplies. with the goal of cutting costs. the head of the agency, martha johnson, resigned saying gsa had made a significant misstep and
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taxpayer dollars were squandered. johnson's two deputies were forced out. the white house moved quickly to try to contain any political damage saying in a statement that president obama was outraged by a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars. and that decisive action had been taken. >> that was nbc's lisa myers reporting for us. "the new york times" is reporting that four employees who planned the conference have been placed on administrative leave. a top treasury department official has now been tapped to take over at gsa. clown, mind reader, bicycle exercise? sounds like a tame vegas weekend to me, actually. police in california searching for a motive after a former student allegedly opened fire at a small christian college killing at least seven people and wounding another three. the suspect is a 43-year-old naturalized citizen originally from korea. witnesses say he went door to door through the school shooting at random. the area was locked down for at least an hour as s.w.a.t. teams descended on the scene. the alleged gunman was already
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gone, only to turn up at a nearby grocery store where he announced he had just shot people. it was the worst mass killing in california in nearly 20 years. we'll certainly have more information on that shooter today. still ahead on "way too early," the celebrations continue this morning in lexington after the university of kentucky brings home its eighth national championship. plus, mitt romney's son tells mad men to lay off the family name. i have seen the promised land. i may not get there with you, but i want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.
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5:46 in the morning. a live picture of the plaza right outside our building here in new york city. let's get a check on weather from nbc meteorologist bill karins. good morning. >> morning. i imagine all the kentucky people feeling really good about themselves. but the vandy people must feel pretty good, too. >> i said it last night. vanderbilt is the transitive property ncaa championship. if a equals b and b equals c, then we beat kentucky, kentucky beat the title. that means we are the national champion. buy that logic? >> all the algebra teachers are standing up and applauding you this morning. >> it's a flawed use of the theory. it's a cruel month in april in many areas of the rockies. they are under a very cold weather pattern right now. and it is snowing in denver this morning. yes, the same location that was 85 and sunny just last week. so i-25 there's been some snow near colorado springs down to pueblo. the warm side of the storm and some big thunderstorms this
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morning. wichita falls got nailed earlier. now just south of oklahoma city. if you are traveling near i-35 in between dallas, fort worth and oklahoma city, that's probably the worst drive. late this afternoon, more thunderstorms. we're kinding in a stormy weather pattern. the typical late afternoon storms. the ohio valley, indianapolis, columbus, all of indiana, ohio, northern kentucky. and then once again, dallas-ft. worth, austin and san antonio. you'll be dodging some strong storms late today. i don't think too many tornadoes. that's good. as far as the forecast goes, it's a cold start in new england. beautiful afternoon. temperatures 65 in new york. that's more like it. d.c. a chance at 70 today. southeast looks okay today. but tomorrow we're going to increase your rain threat. also kind of rainy and stormy out in the northwest. next big sports event, the masters. big golf event. thunderstorms it looks like on thursday could delay play but then we should be okay by the time we get to the weekend. i'm get something breaking news. we have this morning joe pool, the ncaa pool.
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bill karins, dead last out of 18 participants. he had the missouri tigers winning the national title. >> i still have a big issue with all the people in missouri after that. >> missouri lost about two months ago. >> yes, they did. >> to norfolk state. >> better luck next year. >> stick to the weather. kentucky and kansas, the two winningest programs in ncaa basketball history. put it all on the line last night in new orleans playing for the national title. man, the refs let them play in this one. not even two minutes into the game. michael kidd gilchrist. here are some guys taking layups for about a half an hour. we're going to get to the game. challenges the jayhawks' defense. hit the deck hard. got up and drained two free throws. a few minutes later, taylor drives to the basket. anthony davis with the reje rejection. here's the block again. davis was dominant on defense. kentucky up 14 at the break. second half, more defense for
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the wildcats. davis strips it. terrence jones slams it home. all kentucky at this point. kansas, give them credit. made a little run. came back. thomas robinson gets the loose ball and the dunk. within ten. elijah johnson knocks down a big three to cut the lead to seven. jayhawk goes on a 13-3 run and close the gap to five with about a minute left. but kentucky had too much. desperation time for kansas. johnson called for the travel. the ball goes over to kentucky. the wildcats hold on for the win, 67-59. kentucky is the national champion. john calipari wins his first national title. kentucky, its eighth in program history. anthony davis made only one shot from the field. scored six points but six blocks and 16 rebounds. enough to earn him most outstanding player. >> all these guys can play. so i knew i was struggling.
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he's going to defend and rebound. >> it became they're just more talented than anybody. we were the best team this season. we were the best team. the most efficient team. we shared the ball. you know, it's just -- i wanted that. i told them that i wanted this to be one for the ages. go out there and show everyone what kind of team you were, even though we were young. it doesn't matter how young you are. it's how you play together. >> thousands of kentucky fans pouring into the streets. look at those pictures. lexington, kentucky. they had a little trouble with overturned cars and furniture lit on fire after the semifinal. police say maybe a little more tame although there was that bonfire and apparently gunshots were fired at one point injuring a 31-year-old man. he's going to be okay, we're told. dozens of people were arrested in celebration of the national championship. the latest chapter in the sad saga of former nfl quarterback ryan leaf now includes two burglary arrests in four days time.
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the former washington state star charged with stealing painkillers from two kncht homes in montana between friday and sunday night. leaf was the second overall pick of the san diego chargers in the 1998 nfl draft. behind only peyton manning. he's considered one of the biggest draft busts of all time finishing his nfl career with 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. far from leaf's first brush with the law. in 2010 he pleaded guilty to eight felony drug charges and was sentenced to ten years probation. last may, leaf underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor from his brain stem. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," voting today in wisconsin, maryland and the district of columbia. so what will the republican race for president look like when we all get together at this time tomorrow morning? we'll knock that around with our "morning joe" crew. when we come back here, we will huddle around the water cooler to watch what happens when you mix a 16-wheeler with an ice-covered cliff and
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polls open in wisconsin just over two hours from now for a winner take all primary with 42
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delegates up for grabs. the latest polling shows mitt romney pull away from rick santorum. and a win tonight would further strengthen the notion that romney is the inevitable nominee. you want to sound smart today, tell your friends the winner of the wisconsin primary has gone on to win the republican nomination every year since 1976. the closest republican primary in wisconsin during that stretch came in 1980. it was still a ten-point margin when ronald reagan collected 40% of the vote to george h.w. bush. let's watch one of mitt romney's sons defend the family name. and good for him. it all started with this reference sunday night on the amc drama "mad men." >> want me to turn down the tv? >> it's fine. >> henry francis. well, tell jim he's not going to michigan. because romney is a clown and i don't want to be standing next to him. >> romney's a clown said the
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character. that's the supporting character henry francis who plays a republican political adviser taking a swipe at mitt romney's father george. george romney served as michigan's governor from 63 to '69 and also ran for president. mitt's son tagg did not appreciate that name check and took to twitter writing, seriously, lib media mocking my dead grandpa. george romney was as good a man as i've ever known. inspirational leader, worked for civil rights, promoted freedom. we node more like him. dad is fair game wrote tagg. grandpa is not. many members of the, quote, liberal media moved to defend the legacy of romney. a tow truck attempts to pull a tractor trailer up an icy mountain. wow. gravity gets the best of the 16-wheeler. slides into the guard rail
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pulling the tow truck down with it over the ledge. oh, my gosh. this is horrible. and down a 180-foot clip. the reason we can show this to you is because the driver of the tow truck jumps out. i don't know if you can see it. he jumped out. opened his door. got out. slid down. tumbled down the hill with his rig miraculousry the guy in the big rig survived as well. still ahead, why your awake? your slippery tweets, texts and e-mails are next. we always hear about jobs leaving america.
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